In this case, the 'old' is a barn that previous owners had bought and deconstructed, moved from Canada to Connecticut, and then converted into a residence. Russell updated the mechanical, electrical and data systems but saw no need to structurally alter the residence. "The bones were there," he says. "It's a perfect saltbox from the outside, so that appealed to my purist, or modern, sensibility. Inside, there's a Shaker quality. And there's drama, with some double-height spaces that are quite exciting. We just need to bring it to the next level and align it more with their lifestyle."
Natural beauty In the entryway, an oversize Capiz-shell globe chandelier complements the double-height ceiling. The cerused oak credenza, designed by Russell, has a driftwood quality. "Its finish enhances the grain of the oak, making it very textural," he says.